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Former World No.1 Shanshan Feng Announces Retirement at 32

Shanshan Feng he never wanted to play more than 10 years of professional golf. She stayed longer than planned, and the Chinese champion’s only regret is that the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from saying goodbye properly. Feng, 32, announced her retirement on Tuesday with an Instagram post in which she said golf gave her much more than she could give back.

“Now is the time to try something different,” said Feng, the first Chinese female golfer to win a Grand Slam, the 2012 LPGA Championship. And it was top-4 in the other four ‘greats’: 2nd in the British (2014) and the Evian Championship (2019), 3rd in the ANA Inspiration (2021) and 4th in the US Open (2012, 2021).

Shanshan won bronze in golf’s return to the Olympic program at the Games of Rio de Janeiro’2016 and won 10 titles on the LPGA Tour and seven on the European circuit. He was world No. 1 for 23 weeks, from November 2017 to April 2018.

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Feng hadn’t competed in about 18 months since finishing third in the Open the China at the end of 2019. Then he was out for the entire year 2020 because of the pandemic.

He returned in April 2021 to play the first ‘major’ of the year and shared third place. His last victory came in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in July 2019 and played his last tournament in the Tokyo Olympics, last summer, which had no viewers after a year-long delay caused by the pandemic. Feng finished eighth.

“Due to the pandemic, I have never officially said goodbye to the people who support me on the golf course,” Feng wrote. He said he hopes to see his LPGA crowd again in the future for what he described as his “last dance.” In the meantime, Feng wants to take things slower, focus on personal growth and help develop more Chinese talent. for golf.

“I have a dream that one day, in the future of professional golf, we will see more Chinese players. Players and resources together can help this sport grow tremendously and create future Chinese champions down the road,” Feng opined.

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